Abstract Title:

Mural art therapy for young offenders hospitalised with a mental illness.

Abstract Source:

Australas Psychiatry. 2015 Feb ;23(1):49-53. Epub 2014 Dec 17. PMID: 25519999

Abstract Author(s):

Oleen George, John Kasinathan

Article Affiliation:

Oleen George


OBJECTIVE: To describe a mural art therapy project completed within an adolescent unit of a secure forensic psychiatric hospital.

METHOD: The planning, implementation and consecutive stages of the mural art therapy project are described. Pertinent themes are identified.

RESULTS: A cohort of adolescent forensic inpatients was engaged in a group therapeutic process involving collaboration, design and the completion of an art mural. The participants generally approved of the project and identified themes of gaining a sense of achievement, empowerment, teamwork, involvement and ownership. The art mural transformed and improved the visual and spatial environment of the Adolescent unit courtyard.

CONCLUSIONS: Mural art therapy was acceptable to young offenders hospitalised with mental illness, which has relevance for adolescent psychiatric units and youth detention centres.

Study Type : Human Study

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